Chiropractic practioners are health care providers that treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, joint pain involving the arms and legs.
The word “chiropractic” is Greek for “treatment by hand”. Chiropractors focus on providing correct physical alignment to maintain health. They treat health problems associated with the body’s muscular, nervous and skeletal systems – especially the spine. According to chiropractic theory, if the spine is not aligned, or if the muscular or nervous systems suffer problems, a person may experience pain, discomfort or other health concerns. People often seek the care of a chiropractor after being in a car accident. Many prefer chiropractic care for whiplash type injuries.
Chiropractors are “holistic practitioners”, which means they look at the whole body. They also try to help patients avoid disease through preventive care. Preventive care often involves examining a patient’s diet, stress levels and the amount of sleep and exercise he gets. Chiropractors are not medical doctors and therefore are not licensed to prescribe drugs or perform surgery. However, they do perform diagnostic work as well as treatment and may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions. Chiropractors can be the first line of care for neck and back injuries and will readily refer patients to the appropriate medical doctor when it is determined the care is not appropriate for a patient’s condition